skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 63701 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: MALNUTRITION AND THE CRIMINAL STATE OF MIND
Author(s): J PATRICK
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES AN INTERVIEW WITH PARTICIPANTS AT THE CANADIAN SCHIZOPHRENIA ASSOCIATION SEMINAR WHO SUGGEST THE DIET OF PRISON INMATES HAS A DIRECT EFFECT ON THEIR PERCEPTION AND SUBSEQUENT BEHAVIOR.
Abstract: SOME 10 PERCENT OF THE U.S. POPULATION IS SAID TO BE, AT SOME POINT, AFFLICTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS REQUIRING TREATMENT. HOWEVER, MOST OF THE POPULATION MIGHT ALSO BE CONSIDERED SO AFFLICTED, SINCE CURRENT FINDINGS IN ORTHOMOLECULAR PSYCHIATRY SUGGEST THAT ANY BODILY ILLNESS IS OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY SOME MENTAL DYSFUNCTION. STUDIES OF PERUVIAN PEASANTS, AMERICAN INDIANS, CANADIAN ESKIMOS, AND AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES SUGGEST A DEFINITE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A LOW-PROTEIN LOW-CARBOHYDRATE DIET AND AGGRESSION. VIOLENT CRIMINALS SEEM TO LIVE PRINCIPALLY ON CANDY BARS, COKES, COFFEE, AND ALCOHOL; THIS FURTHER AGGRAVATES THEIR CONDITION, AS THEIR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS FLUCTUATE DAILY. IN ADDITION, THEY MAY LACK VITAMIN C, AN OUTSTANDING ANTI-STRESS AGENT, AND THE NERVE-RELAXING B VITAMINS SUCH AS B-1 OR B-3 (NIACIN). AT THE PRINCE ALBERT PENITENTIARY, (SASKATCHEWAN) ONE-THIRD OF THE PRISONERS COULD BE CLASSIFIED AS HAVING SUBCLINICAL PELLAGRA, OR ALLERGY OF THE BRAIN, CHARACTERIZED BY DIZZINESS AND HEADACHE. DRUG TREATMENT OFTEN EXACERBATES THE SYMPTOMS. IN ADDITION, PRISONERS WILL OFTEN PREFER JUNK FOOD TO MORE NUTRITIOUS DIETS, OR THEY MAY DEVELOP ALLERGIES TO AN UNVARIED DIET. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Canada; Dietary influences on behavior; Nonbehavioral correlates of crime
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=63701

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.